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Dodge Challenger Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 3rd generation 2008-2015 Dodge Challenger.

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2015 Challenger Map Lights
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Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
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Plastic Retaining Clips

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & possibly also the 2016 model year) Dodge Challenger in changing a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console or upgrading both bulbs to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge and RAM vehicles such as the Town & Country, 300, 200, Avenger, Charger, Journey, Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan, and Ram C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "festoon" or "fuse" style map light bulb is part number 578 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

The only tool needed to replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the plastic lens cover.

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Lens Cover Removed
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Metal Cover Over Bulb
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Gently Pry Out Metal Cover
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or use a plastic automotive panel pry tool.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the lens cover and the overhead console near the front edge (closest to the windshield).

Gently pry out the two plastic retaining clips and remove the lens cover.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

Gently pry out the metal cover from the housing.

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Metal Cover Removed
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Old Map Bulb Exposed
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Gently Pry Out Old Bulb
Set the metal cover aside in a safe place.

If the old bulb was recently illuminated, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Carefully pull out the old bulb with your fingers or pry out one of the metal end caps with the screwdriver.

Do not apply pressure to the glass part of the bulb to prevent from having it shatter.



 

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Old Bulb Removed
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Empty Bulb Socket
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Push In New # 578 Bulb
Push a new # 578 bulb straight in to the socket.

(Tip - If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.)

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Line Up Metal Cover
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Gently Pop In Metal Shield
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Re-Insert Plastic Tab
Line up the metal cover and gently snap it back in to place over the new bulb.

Re-insert the plastic tab on the rear edge of the lens cover first.

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Rear Edge Inserted
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Gently Pop In Front Edge
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Test New Map Light Bulbs
Then gently pop in the two retaining clips on the front edge of the lens cover.

Test the new map light bulbs by pressing the rectangular area on the rear edge to activate the "On/Off" switches.

For more, check out my other 2008-2015 Dodge Challenger DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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